Youth Team Contract Offer News

Ryan Bowman
Bowman, 18 and born in Carlisle, has scored 27 goals for United this season, 22 of those coming at youth team level while the other five have been netted for the Blues second-string. Ryan has also notched two goals while on a recent work experience spell at Workington Reds, those strikes coming in a total of five starts and five substitute appearances. Bowman also twice being an unused substitute for Carlisle at first-team level during October.

Meanwhile, Newcastle-born Gillespie has been given a belated present four days after his 18th birthday with his own offer of a one year professional deal. Gillespie having been an unused susbtitute for Carlisle nine times this season, eight of those coming recently after second-choice goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley broke his hand in training in mid-February.

Sadly, good news for Bowman and Gillespie means bad news for four other second-year YTS players at Brunton Park. Jamie Cleary (club captain and centre-half), Liam Davison (playing captain and central midfielder), Sean Law (central midfielder) and James Wood (right-back) being the unlucky lads to miss out as they now face being released by the club at the end of their contract.

Thanks for all your hard work and efforts at Carlisle United to all four lads from everyone at CUFC Online and we wish them the very best of luck for the future.

Mark Gillespie
The wheel never stops turning though at Brunton Park and nine players in turn now move up to the second year of their YTS contract next season, Ben Richards-Everton seemingly having gone back to Birmingham at the same time, in mid-January, as James Reid had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

Those nine being Jon Ball (goalkeeper), James Bonner (right-back), Kieran Cahill (left-back), Ben McKenna (right wing), Paddy O'Brien (left wing), Matt Osmond (left wing), Mark Sloan (centre-forward), Steven Swinglehurst (left-back or centre-half) and Phil Towler (central midfield).

Meanwhile starting their first YTS year at Brunton Park next season will be six new boys, four of those coming from the under-16 ranks in Adam Gill (left or right wing), Dan Jones (centre-forward), David Symington (right-back or central midfield) and Josh Todd (central midfield). As well as two others from over in the North-East in Mark Beck (centre-forward) and Lance McGlen (centre-half).

Away from those players and back into the current squad, the only player left to have a decision made on his future is 18-year old attacking midfielder Manny Richardson. The Ghanian, picked up on trial from Aylesbury United, signed in mid-October on a deal that runs up to the end of this season.



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